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ECEC Hosts Youth Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Event

“Safety Town,” a driving course, teaches young bike riders the proper way to cross roads and the dangers to look out for when riding their bikes.

During the cool morning of September 23, the Early Childhood Education Center and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program hosted a Bicycle Rodeo outside the school in the parking lot.

Youth either brought their own bicycles or had one provided for them. They rode their bikes through the “Safety Town” driving course, which was set up like an actual road with real street lights, stop signs, railroad tracks, instructors acting as cars, and even dogs.

The young riders learned about each obstacle that bicycle riders must face while out on the road and how to properly react to them. Staff from the ECEC, SRPMIC Health and Human Services, the Salt River Police Department, the Salt River Fire Department and a team from Banner Health all helped and advised the students during the safety event.

Children participate in the Bicycle Rodeo held outside the Early Childhood Education Center.
Each child was fitted for a new bicycle helmet by the Health and Human Services Department and entered into raffles to win prizes, including new bicycles.

“The bike rodeo went great,” said Monte Yazzie, coordinator of the Injury Prevention Program. “We provided more than 50 bike helmets and had more than 75 people attend the event. It was a great day for safety. It’s important that safety events like this bring together Community families and Community public service departments to promote safety for future generations.”

Yazzie offered special thanks to Salt River Fire Department and the team from Banner Health for running “Safety Town,” which provided bicycle-safety training for all the children who attended. He also thanked the Salt River Police Department for doing bicycle tune-ups and helmet fittings at the event.

This youth was the lucky winner of a bike.
“I would also like to give a special thanks to Melinda Hansen and the ECEC for being fantastic hosts, and Anthony Phillips for putting together the eight bicycles that were raffled off at the event,” added Yazzie.